Feed My Sheep
One of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy, given to us by Christ (Matthew 25:41), is "Feed the Hungry." HMC teens have already been participating in that endeavor whenever they do anything to help the following parish ministries: advance food prep or on-site meal-serving for the Catholic Multicultural Center (the second Tuesday of the month or Luke House (the fourth Monday of the month)--or help with donations to the Oregon-Brooklyn Food pantry.
Beginning in the 2013-2014 schoolyear, however, HMC students may also take part in a new endeavor to feed hungry people—both at home and abroad. This endeavor features two stages or components:
(1) “Souper” Bowl collection on February 2
Specifically: after 8:00 am and 10:15 am Mass on Super Bowl Sunday. The “Souper Bowl of Caring” has been around since 1990,
founded by church youth in South Carolina as a continuing ministry for all church youth—nationwide--to “tackle hunger” in their own communities. Significantly, they chose the weekend of Super Bowl Sunday—when football fans are already thinking about food, as they plan festive Super Bowl parties with loved ones—and settled upon the goal of keeping donations in churches' own local communities.
Raising more than $50 million to feed hungry people in the United States, the Souper Bowl of Caring has the following vision statement:
Our goal: Transform the time around the Super Bowl into the nation's largest celebration of giving and serving.
The idea for Souper Bowl of Caring is a gift from God
Young people have the ability to serve and should be given opportunities to lead their communities in helping others
Every dollar collected through Souper Bowl of Caring should be donated directly to a charity selected by each participating group
People of all backgrounds and beliefs can work together
Hunger and poverty have a negative impact on individuals and the communities in which they live, yet there is joy in serving and giving to those in need
The excitement and energy surrounding the Super Bowl can be used to engage young people in service while producing lasting hope for all people
The local hunger-related charity being funded by HMC teens through Souper Bowl: the annual Feed My Sheep Lenten service project (below), benefiting hungry people in the greater Madison area, using various Catholic charities.
Click here: to learn more about Souper Bowl.
Click here: to read HMC's bulletin announcements about the Souper Bowl collection on February 2, 2014.
(2) “Feed My Sheep” collection and service day
A joint Lenten-focused service project of the West Side Catholic Youth Network (WSCYN, of which HMC is a part) and an organization called 6:8 – Making Service Personal (founded by two former youth ministers of WSCYN), Feed My Sheep began in 2012 as a way to educate Catholic youth about hunger, raise funds to address hunger in a creative and efficient way, and give Catholic youth the opportunity to do something meaningful and “hands on” to feed hungry people. WSCYN parishes participate in two major ways:
They raise the funds to buy the “raw materials” of hand-packaged meals—meals that follow an ingenious recipe that designed to counteract malnutrition. Each meal costs 25 cents, and one volunteer-packaged bag contains six meals. The meals consist of four ingredients: rice, soy, dried vegetables, and a vitamin/mineral flavoring that reverses the effects of starvation.
Volunteers from our parishes—youth, but also parents and siblings—sign up online to help pack the meals' ingredients, according to a special recipe, into bags that are collected and delivered to local Catholic charities and a school in Nicaragua. Last year, volunteers from area Catholic parishes packed an astonishing 61,000 meals.
Click here: to watch the video explaining Feed My Sheep
Click here: to sign up, online, for one of the meal-packing shifts on Saturday, April 5 at the Catholic Multicultural Center
Click here: for special Feed My Sheep merchandise (promotional t-shirts, meal packs, etc) that raises even more money for even more meals!
Click here: to see Feed My Sheep featured on Channel 3!
Click here: for coverage of Feed My Sheep 2012, in the Catholic Herald
Click here: to learn more about 6:8 – Making Service Personal